CIvgene can be complex and confusing, but if you’ve got an hour, I lay out the basics in a simple way. Good way to get started.
I have just spent six months on Facebook. It has been painful, but I’m stubborn. Now I understand why it makes people fight. It’s simple. You are shown ‘friends’ ‘likes’ against your will. Problem is. Sometimes I ‘like’ posts I disagree with. Encouragement and giving space to grow are attributes of actual (not simulated) friendship. Facebook’s ‘Share’ is pointless. Further you can’t respect or even note another’s point of interest without endorsing it to random friends who in turn may be hurt.
To less of a degree the same derisive formula applies to comments in your stream. This is better because at least the words are the authors, but the framework of those comments is broken into tiny chunks at best. Both a bibliographic and emotionally contextual nightmare of distortion.
How does this relate to Civgene? Social nuance is destroyed. It turns people’s empathy against them. Making them regret kindnesses, curiosity and sharing their feelings. That is prejudice inspiring insanity and I don’t respect or endorse it. By detaching sincerity from each individuals context, growth is damaged, then retarded, then reversed.
If you understand both software and marketing you’d understand how deliberate this must be. Other social media only shares ‘shared’ media by default. Further it is trivial for software authors add a checkbox to block others ‘likes’ or comments from your feed. There used to be such a feature on Facebook and it was removed. Requests to reinstate it were ignored. The result? Facebook is dividing people and making them fight, and they must be doing it intentionally. I think this level of incompetence is impossible.
If for some reason your extended family or a group of trusted friends is expecting you to participate in facebook I recommend spending some time studying narcissistic psychopaths. Once the conscience is masked by facebooks technology, they lose access to subtlety of emotional expression. At first this impacts facebook relationships, reducing legitimate friendships to the lowest common denominator. The subconscious mind is like a muscle so eventually it will atrophy. Animal work alikes for human conscionable behaviours begin. Essentially persistant visitors will become more psychopathic. For sure more so than you would be on the level stable ground of consistent emotional context.
The good news is your conscience isn’t optional. You have one or you don’t. Since it is antifragile exercising it on other platforms should help you to spring back from being psychopathic. Abit in a 2d, low bandwidth text format saved from constant unintentional inference by emoticons and memes. Anything based in text is still a narrow pipe. Emote often.
From now on I’ll be treating Facebook how it treats others, a resource to be cultivated. A contacts library of allies. I have a group to tend to, and I’ll check for private messages from my contacts. Folks who know me understand this is not just some anecdote. One day I would be proud to play a role in replacing that pile of junk with something to free the people trapped there. It’s destructive, and it makes me a little angry.
Here is how I will be handling it. Limited contact. A familiar phrase to anyone who has coped with psychopaths. Here is what meatspace friends should expect from my facebook facade.
I recommend everyone treat facebook this way for their well being. Please feel free to use this article to let your friends know, how and why you are treating facebook differently. That you appreciate them more than facebook will let you. That you will interact with them somewhere else, but not there.
I look forward to spending time with all my friends back in the real world.
Video explaining how you can derive objective morality from civgene.
You can use behaviours unique to empaths to derive objective morality from science itself. Non-psychopathic behaviours are like atoms which in turn can be used to build rights, much like molecules.
More to come.
Edit 3/25: Updated video. Clearer and more concise edits with clips.
Some mental illness may no longer need to be diagnosed through social tests. While the United States busys itself with corporate protectionist legislation like the TPP to protect the major drug companies, some of the world is experimenting with the new precise, cheap and repeatable gene editing method known as CRISPR.
In the past gene editing was hit or miss. Practiced more like chemistry, it was more like a million misses to a marginal hit. Identifying a gene was not enough, splicing it became a major endeavor for companies like Monsanto. Experiments on human DNA (except perhaps if you count our GMO diet) was effectively impossible.
As of 2015, the CRISPR technique, takes a precise strand of DNA and inserts it, reliably, in a larger DNA strand, precisely where it is told to insert it. This is the holy grail of both nano scale assembly, and made to order DNA. The mind reels. Designer babies are eminent. Greatly reduced aging is possible. DNA based nanites can built to both manufacture on the table top and enhance human attributes.
These are in the future (AFAIK), but before all that, apparently we have already begun to use it verify genetic disease. The technology is not even a year old and Chinese scientists have already implanted a suspected autism gene in monkeys, to see if their behavior varies. It does.
The implications are huge for all illness from athletes foot to cancer, but it’s important that the first study is on behavioral disease. If the civilization gene is correct and psychopathy is genetic, we could be close to a completely different world. There are no suspect genes (other than the debunked warrior gene) at the moment, but it is possible to find, were the right people to take interest. Now, a new way to verify that first study is readily available.
Conversely should some mental illnesses become officially understood to be genetic, psychopaths should be easier to diagnose. Psychopaths are the highest functioning mental illness. ASPD stage psychopaths are well known for feigning other mental illnesses to evade detection. A narrower field of patients through genetic screening for other disease means less misdiagnosis, and more understanding of the social consequences of widespread psychopathy. That ultimately means real targeted help for the psychopaths.
Lately there have been a flood of articles on what a psychopath vs sociopath is. This seems to coincide with a swell of public criticism of sociopathic behavior in both political and financial spheres. I use the term sociopath here regularly so I think it’s time to address this.
From about 2010 to about 2012, before I wrote ancient breed and started this site, I was hunting around quite a bit for more information on psychopaths. One thing I noticed right away, even in scholarly articles and books was the tendency to bounce around between sociopath and psychopath in the text. This also happened in similar but different texts with the term Narcissist. Conversely I noticed that APD or ASPD was not used in this way but stood alone. I did not really get it until I read ‘Without Conscience’ by Dr. Robert Hare.
Dr. Hare if you don’t know is sort of the Sigmund Freud of psychopathy. He plowed through the many many conflicting definitions of what a psychopath was and created a demonstrable test known as ‘the psychopathy checklist.’ or nicknamed ‘the Hare.’ This test which is used in courtrooms and jails worldwide, was used to vastly solidify the APD standard. Let me repeat that, he has accomplished a court tested body of work used to write the standard on what psychopathy officially is. He is as close as we can come to an authority on psychopathy.
The reason such a concerted effort was put into the relatively new APD definition was exactly because there was no consensus on what behaviors a sociopath, narcissist or psychopath displayed or why they displayed them. APD is a strictly defined guideline of outwardly measurable symptoms, specifically as a legally defensible platform. It is an official admission that there is no agreement on psychopath related labels.
“A term that was supposed to have much the same meaning as “psychopath” or “sociopath” is antisocial personality disorder, described in the third edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III, 1980) and it’s revision (DSM-III-R; 1987), widely used as the “Diagnostic bible” for mental illness” — Dr Robert Hare “Without Conscience”, 1993
There is something strange about anyone claiming a sociopath CAN’T be a psychopath.
I strongly suggest that there will be a great many ‘diagnosed’ sociopaths who lack the civilization gene once a test is created.
Why is this important to Civgene?
APD is a strictly defined guideline of outwardly measurable symptoms. Some immutable background checking is used, but does not score high enough alone to define someone as a psychopath. This creates a problem. Some psychopaths like to hide, and an intelligent psychopath (they display the full range of intelligence) could simply read the Hare and prepare the needed answers in advance.
This is not a bad thing. In fact it’s the key to the next step. This was the pivot point by which we can extract the development of psychopaths. Outward facing symptoms indicates a lack of awareness of contextual self. This, plus a personal bout with a fit of narcissist rage helped me to realize APD or ASPD refers to the ego stage.
id -> ego -> superego
Here is the the original article. Also I wrote a follow up article here. Just like other humans in Freud’s model, psychopaths are not robots. They all display some behaviors from ALL three groups. THAT’s why the definitions are so vexing. It’s a development model. Narcissist and sociopath define social stages of psychopaths.
It very well may be, the idea that sociopaths are just the most stealthy variation of psychopaths partly originated here. With civgene. From the 2010 versions of what narcissists and sociopaths were and were not. How they all lack conscience, but display different, sometimes dovetailing behaviors.
Language is a moving target and I recognize that the ‘sociopath’ may officially move on from where it was in 2010. I have a solution. The generic self division and progression that covers both empath and psychopath (and possibly others) follows.
Wants -> abilities -> limits.
This self progression of intelligence is wholly original language to civgene and will retain it’s meaning. If the term sociopath is officially redefined from what it meant in 2010, I will cease calling the most cunning and self aware psychopaths sociopaths, and begin to call them Limits stage psychopaths or Limits psychopaths.
I don’t see why it would change and I think this would be a terrible mistake. Sociopath characterizes a subtly self serving and unrelenting psychopath determined to rise above the risk their lack of conscience creates for them, through the accumulation of power and rejection of liability, perfectly. It would be a shame to throw away decades of wisdom and framework for a trend with no new data.
While psychopaths and other animals share behavioral traits, the smartest psychopaths can be nearly as intelligent as the smartest emapths. Here is the danger in thinking that psychopaths are illogical, hateful or cruel for fun. Every human is different, but for the most part they are using the tools they have, the best they can. They don’t want to lose the competitions they create, they just aren’t as good at deciphering complex or distant outcomes as empaths are. With too many variables, every choice looks like a roll of the dice to them. Logic breaks down with scale.
Fortunately there is a way to express natural long term risk to them in an immediate way. The dead man’s switch. Simply model the predictable negative outcome, and create a switch that with the absence of your attention will create the appropriate response. You have created a contest and won it before they even knew it existed. Now they are allied to you in preventing the negative outcome for them which is a foregone conclusion should you become incapacitated. Don’t feel guilty about this. They have no real concept of how friendship works, and are most comfortable operating as transitory allies. Something that is now possible with less fear of seemingly random aggression.
Here are some examples of dead mans switches for illustration.
An informational dead man’s switch.
A physical dead man’s switch.
A warning. Unlike shunning, reserving judgement, or forgiveness this tool isn’t inherently moral. It can be used in very immoral ways. It is up to you to determine a technically accurate switch, resulting action, and impact should the switch be triggered. As a rule using general moral principles (murder is wrong, envy is usually self destructive, etc…) should minimize collateral damage and create a positive outcome for moral agents left behind. As a good test, should you be incorrect about their intentions or psychopathy, there should minimal negative consequences for them when the switch is triggered. Ideally in the case of a incorrectly aimed switch, any damage should be reversible.
The key to successful use is to implement multiple switches. Do not indicate exactly how many switches there are. That way there is no sudden jeopardy should a switch be discovered, and the existence of some switches can be announced if needed. Informational switches are the best like simply indicating a negative on a web page and that the web page may be removed some day (implying the positive) Remember Narcissists and ASPD stage psychopaths already face a formidable enemy in the legal system (paying taxes in a city with a capable homicide detective is a dead mans switch) so the real problem is sociopaths.
Sociopaths are psychopaths who dedicate themselves to not getting caught (acting like a psychopath) so this indicates a remedy. Presenting clear evidence of their sociopathy or makes an excellent dead mans switch. Also such a switch could create new evidence, for instance, jealousy in your aggressing sociopath demonstrating their nature in public. A well designed situational switch is superior to a static informational one as the fresher the data, the less likely the sociopath has concocted a script, or accumulated the favour, territory, or allies to counter it.
Civgene indicates the narcissism, ASPD and sociopath labels as a logical progression similar to id, ego and superego. This led later to the metamind model, as a way to understand the subconscious and empathy as attributes of empathic or non-psychopath humans. We’ve discussed emotional primitives of bliss, despair, and will to action as the building blocks of complex emotions responsible for imagination as the underpinning of empathy. Also we’ve considered the psychopaths ability to love, and it’s limitation to a subtle compulsion to help immediate family such as other mammals display.
With the previous ideas front and center a new consideration emerges. Animals display jealousy. Anyone with more than one pet has seen the green eyed monster emerge, over toys, food, attention. Animals want each others territory and favour. They seem so knowing, so human, when they are jealous.
It could be perceived that jealousy is proof that animals display complex emotions. Namely emotional reactions that involve more than one primitive emotion at once. The behavior that results can be intricate, but this is not evidence of emotional complexity. Jealousy occurs when a strong bliss, dispair, and then will to action reaction happen at the same time. The difference is empathic humans can be jealous as an act of imagination in any time and place, imagination being that passive relational database that is the conscience. Animals and psychopaths react to the now.
What triggers all three primitives? It seems to begin with witnessing external bliss. Bliss seems to create a sympathetic reaction in all animals interested in the same territory or favour as another. One animal senses (sees,hears,smells,etc) another enjoying something and bliss is triggered within them as well. Without the access the other animal has, the bliss activates despair. Despair is simple helplessness. Once despair has reached sufficient depths, will to action is called. Will to action then drives a vast array of actions based on the available rational thought. Rational thought that may be impaired by the strong emotion.
This progression bliss -> despair -> will is ubiquitous. The desire to ‘steal’ what empaths may deem property or currency or interfere in a friendship is occurring at their LEAST rational state. Emotions and the chemical signals they employ have taken over the brain. There is no choice in the process, most importantly there is less or no rational thought. Jealousy is the animal kingdoms more primitive risk management system. The jealousy risk engine is the predecessor to the conscience. Serving a vital role. Making sure that learned behaviors during periods of calm don’t dictate actions at the moments of highest risk. Namely one animal taking another’s territory or favour. It’s a simple trick to snap an animal out of a more common pattern and stand up for it’s self.
A psychopath who has progressed to a sociopath rationally recognizes this risk. He or she will work to avoid situations that provoke jealousy. Partly by limiting social access themselves to those who will accept their assignments without challenge, and partly by becoming materially successful beyond practical needs. They become wildly rich to avoid the green eyed monster.
It’s a good strategy when social interactions are infrequent or small, but inferior to our risk engine, the conscience. Jealousy breaks down as complexity increases. Civilization and it’s enabler the conscience creates the invention and surplus needed to concentrate great wealth and power in psychopath hands, but the psychopaths must face other psychopaths with similar wealth. Instances of jealousy can not be eliminated inside a human civilization.
The flaws in managing risk through jealousy are two fold.
Notice that both of these risks are long term. Hence the idea the civilization gene, the mutation of the metamind, is a superior engine of long term risk management.
Sociopath stage psychopaths can reliably be identified by their desire for wealth and power. We must avoid the exhaustion of global resources, not by further centralizing their power, but by focusing our power of invention at a local scope. A psychopath will see external currencies as risk as per their tool jealousy, but they have a major disability when weighing risk to property, currency and the autonomy they enable. Currency and property of any type is derived from the conscience itself. Shun false ‘leaders’ that want power over local currencies. Not just currencies we trade for goods and services, but anything that defines our skills, experience and identity. Not out of jealousy of their wealth, but as rejection of their inability to even discern, much less serve, humanities interests.
We are all psychopaths underneath our conscience. Since even low EQ/IQ empaths ace the psychopath variations of wants/abilities/limits with the aid of the metamind, and one third of that is (psychopath ‘abilities’ aka ASPD) we will always be capible of violence.
All animals are violent. It’s not personal. It’s survival. Compared to us they are all psychopaths. We project our love, compassion and empathy all around us. People, animals, plants, inanimate objects. Especially if it has a large head to body ratio and big eyes. A non psychopath human (an empath) can flatten any other selfless act in the animal kingdom to a rounding error in pure scale.
When our conscience/metamind determines that someone/something else doesn’t have a conscience, it sets our inner psychopath loose. Violence becomes many times more likely.
Note that a metapsychopath may have no negative reaction to a moment of external ‘no conscience’ realization. It’s because they have been conditioning their psychopathic self to act on behalf of the conscience, but without it’s typical continuous input. No loss of control occurs as the state of logical selfishness is reached, because it has been reconciled with and serves the temporally dormant metamind. The conscience simply steps back the and empath deals with the situation in strictly rational terms.
The metamind can even be the driving force behind violence. For instance violence in the name of a faith. A conscience can normalize the idea that a particular faith is the only valid demonstration of a person having a conscience. Then it lets the inner psychopath loose and screams, strikes, rapes and kills like a Viking raiding party.
That example is why it’s so important to separate faith from cult. Cult thinks it is the only true path, demonstrated by thinking it is above reproach. If you deviate from it, criticize it, or try to leave it, the conscience of it’s members shut off, and it’s members become temporary psychopaths in the face of a heretic. Sooner or later, violence results.
Why does this not occur with the metapsychopath? Because they are in control of the change. Their rational and metamind are resolved. Usually way in advance through inner work as rationalization and emotional self learning.
The cult is not just a faith but an organization. And organization that programs it’s members into protopsychopaths. The protopsychopath has no control over the change. They see, react, and act.
Faith is critical to the conscience, but it can never be allowed to monopolize it. The worst ASPD psychopath can’t hold a candle to the destructive power of a faithful fanatic with a conscience. For individual action, ruthless self sacrifice is unmatched in our world. The check to prevent faith from leading to protopsychopathy is the recognition that we can only grow emotionally through doubt and mistakes. That knowlage is critical to being in control of ones own conscience.
That’s the difference between a religion and a cult. Both are organizations of faith, but only one disables the individuals ability to control their own conscience.